The Biggest Games Show in the World: Gamescom 2023
As Devcom comes to a close, the doors swing open to Gamescom 2023, the largest games show in the world. This consumer-focused event brings together game enthusiasts, developers, trade attendees, and more in massive numbers at the Koelnmesse event space in Cologne.
What’s the Atmosphere Like?
Busy. Gamescom is even more packed than Devcom due to its public accessibility. While there may be a loss of intimacy and knowledge-sharing, the excitement and interest from exhibitors and attendees make up for it. The palpable enthusiasm everyone has for the gaming industry is evident, as exhibitors have the opportunity to showcase their games and connect with their audience face-to-face.
Devcom itself saw record numbers this year, with a 28% increase in industry professionals attending compared to the previous year. Fringe events like Courage Cologne and Xsolla Game Night were in high demand, offering a break from the usual business chat with alcohol-infused board gaming instead.
Where Can I Watch?
While Devcom had a more intimate online coverage, Gamescom attracts influencers, streamers, marketers, and more who are eager to showcase the event. By compiling all the amateur photos and videos of Gamescom 2023, you can get a comprehensive view of every aspect. If you prefer official announcements in one place, the pre-show Opening Night Live event is the way to go.
What’s on the Floor?
The better question is, what isn’t on the floor? In addition to the consumer area, which features massive attractions and statues, there’s a thriving business area for trade members and press to connect, similar to Devcom. MiHoYo’s massive booth, Dungeon Hunter VI, and Marvel Snap all have impressive dedicated areas near each other.
Let’s not forget about Gamescom’s famous cosplayers. This year, there’s a notable number of Genshin Impact lookalikes, showing that the fan base remains strong. As the event continues, expect to see enthusiastic fans participating in the Best In Show contest, showcasing their love for video games and the industry.
Stay tuned for the biggest news from the biggest event. If you’re attending Gamescom 2023, get ready to have an incredible time because it’s shaping up to be a classic.